Was it the wine or the trophy that brought forth the smiles from winning our annual Pétanque competition held at Blossomfield Sports Club in late July?
Our new President Richard Buckley showed off his leadership skills by having the highest score followed by his wife Jen who came a very close second.
The perfect combination of our caring residents coupled with great support from our three local opticians (Alan Tyler, Bannisters & Vision Express) resulted in 750 pairs of specs being sent to our sister Lions Club in Chichester who after sorting them distribute them over the world to where they can do most good.
Another great bike ride organised by Knowle and Dorridge Lions saw nearly 640 cyclists set off from Packwood House on Sunday 14 July to wind their ways around the lanes of Warwickshire all in aid of charity.
Riders had a choice of 20, 30 or 100 kms with the dry and not too hot weather encouraging many to tackle the longer routes this year
“We were delighted to welcome so many riders again for the Heart of England Bike Ride on Sunday 14 July”, said organiser Lion Paul Wheatley. “Many riders helped by riding in to the start at Packwood House, avoiding major parking issues. We raised close to £12,000 thanks to the generosity of cyclists and sponsors alike. As well as thanking all the riders and helpers I now have to thank the generous sponsors who enabled the Lions to tell riders that all their entry fees will go to the charity partners – SoLO Life Opportunities, Sepsis Trust UK and locally determined causes”
Photos courtesy of SimonBissett.co.uk
If you missed out this year the Lions are already planning next July’s ride. Anyone who would like to help organise the day should contact Paul via firstname.lastname@example.org now
The 7 Lions Clubs in Solihull have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK, for supporting the Solihull and wider community with service and financial support.
Knowle and Dorridge Club are proud to be one of the strongest clubs in the Solihull area fundraising for charities through their Knowle Fun Run, Heart of England Bike Ride and Festive Walk. Each year they fund two youth travel bursaries, a 3 coach trip and tea party for the elderly as well as making many grants for local causes. The most recent being a joint project with the other Solihull clubs to fund a Man Shed at Solihull Marie Curie Hospice, and more locally the provision of 2 community seats in the High Street in Knowle and outside Dorridge Station.
On hearing of the Award Lion Bob Thurtle, Knowle & Dorridge Lions President for 2018-9 said ‘As far as our Club is concerned this is an award for all our members but equally for all the volunteers who help us put on our community fundraising events. I’ve said it before but I need to emphasise we do need residents to come forward to help with our future programme. Please call us on 08458 335894 or email email@example.com today to express an interest
The 7 local Lions Clubs in Solihull (Balsall Common, Castle Bromwich, Knowle & Dorridge, Marston Green, Birmingham Exhibition, Shirley, Solihull) are one of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations and awards has increased year on year since the awards were introduced in 2002, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse. They include volunteers helping people overcome mental health problems through sport, volunteers using caravans as mobile cafe/information centres in geographically remote locations and another group mentoring children who have a parent in prison.
Fully equipped with maps and a fully illustrated electronic guide Lions, partners and volunteers boarded the 11A bus to journey the 27 miles around Birmingham.
Being a social event the intrepid explorers were obliged to stop off for mid-morning coffee and bacon rolls before a long and enjoyable lunch in the Station Pub in Kings Heath.
This years Easter Egg raffle held at the Black Boy P.H. Chadwick End raised a tremendous £1140 for Age UK Solihull & local causes.
The winner of our basket of Thortons Easter eggs drawn on Maundy Thursday was ticket no 1999, purchased by Toni Little from Olton.
Thanks to the management of the Black Boy for their hospitality, Standley & Co solicitors in Knowle for covering all our costs, and all participants who made this years raffle a particular success. See you all again next year
Lions joined forces with Knowle Society in the Great Spring Clean. Bags & more bags were filled with bottles, cans and many crisp packets.
What a pity our efforts were needed, but the thanks we received from the passing public made it very worthwhile.
Tickets for this year’s coach trip are on their way. Tea party ones will follow in due course
Once again we are planning to fill 3 coaches with seniors from our area for a day out to Ledbury on Tuesday 10 September, and then fill the Knowle British Legion for the Lions annual tea party on Saturday 12 October.
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Back in the Summer of 2017 we awarded £1200 as a Youth Travel Bursary to Kristian Bennett to travel to Brazil in January 2018. Here is his account:
Our team chose to ignore the instructions of our President of “participate, enjoy but come second” in the annual Lions Zone Skittles Championship held at Balsall Common at the end of February. Not only did they beat the other six teams but did so by a significant margin. Although pleased with the performance our President was heard to murmur “this is another trophy to dust and look after for twelve months”. There is no pleasing some people.